SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS Code SS Weekly Report – April 24, 2020

Title: Reflections on NASA’s Ames Research Center

Dr. Lori Glaze, the Director of the Planetary Science Division (PSD) within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters, recently wrote an article titled “Reflections on NASA’s Ames Research Center” to highlight the tremendous achievements of Ames over the past 80+ years. Code SST (Space Sciences and Astrobiology) was highlighted with a high proportion of activities supporting NASA Planetary Science. As examples, the LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) forever changed the way we understand permanently shadowed craters at our Moon’s poles. Dr. Alexander Sehlke (SST) was recently selected as PI to study pristine lunar samples collected on the Moon during the Apollo program and will be opened for the first time in 50 years. Code SST is also now leading NASA’s next lunar polar rover mission to the South Pole of the Moon, as well as providing two science instruments to the rover payload. In addition to this arc of lunar science and exploration, Dr. Glaze also highlighted Ames’ leadership and expertise in the field of Astrobiology. These examples highlight the significant contributions from SST to NASA’s PSD portfolio.

POC:Jennifer Heldmann (SST), and Alex Sehlke (SST)

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